Definition of Surgery

1. Noun. The branch of medical science that treats disease or injury by operative procedures. "He is professor of surgery at the Harvard Medical School"

2. Noun. A room where a doctor or dentist can be consulted. "He read the warning in the doctor's surgery"

3. Noun. A room in a hospital equipped for the performance of surgical operations. "Great care is taken to keep the operating rooms aseptic"

4. Noun. A medical procedure involving an incision with instruments; performed to repair damage or arrest disease in a living body. "He died while undergoing surgery"
Exact synonyms: Operation, Surgical Operation, Surgical Procedure, Surgical Process
Specialized synonyms: Catheterisation, Catheterization, Ablation, Cutting Out, Excision, Extirpation, Amputation, Angioplasty, Arthroplasty, Arthroscopy, Brain Surgery, Castration, Cauterisation, Cauterization, Cautery, Chemosurgery, Craniotomy, Cryosurgery, Curettage, Curettement, Debridement, Decortication, D And C, Dilatation And Curettage, Dilation And Curettage, Electrosurgery, Enterostomy, Enterotomy, Enucleation, Wrong-site Surgery, Evisceration, Exenteration, Eye Operation, Eye Surgery, Fenestration, Gastrectomy, Gastroenterostomy, Gastrostomy, Heart Surgery, Haemorrhoidectomy, Hemorrhoidectomy, Hysterotomy, Implantation, Intestinal Bypass, Jejunostomy, Major Surgery, Microsurgery, Minor Surgery, Myotomy, Myringectomy, Myringoplasty, Myringotomy, Neurosurgery, Orchiopexy, Osteotomy, Ostomy, Palatopharyngoplasty, Ppp, Uppp, Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, Phlebectomy, Photocoagulation, Anaplasty, Plastic Surgery, Reconstructive Surgery, Polypectomy, Resection, Rhinotomy, Rhizotomy, Sex-change Operation, Transsexual Surgery, Purse-string Operation, Shirodkar's Operation, Sterilisation, Sterilization, Strabotomy, Taxis, Tracheostomy, Tracheotomy, Organ Transplant, Transplant, Transplantation, Trephination, Tympanoplasty, Uranoplasty, Vasovasostomy, Vivisection
Terms within: Haemostasia, Haemostasis, Hemostasia, Hemostasis, Incision, Section, Surgical Incision, Suturing
Generic synonyms: Medical Procedure
Examples of category: Freeze, Suction, Decorticate, Ablate, Hypophysectomise, Hypophysectomize, Trepan
Derivative terms: Operate, Operative, Surgical

Definition of Surgery

1. n. The art of healing by manual operation; that branch of medical science which treats of manual operations for the healing of diseases or injuries of the body; that branch of medical science which has for its object the cure of local injuries or diseases, as wounds or fractures, tumors, etc., whether by manual operation or by medicines and constitutional treatment.

Definition of Surgery

1. Noun. (medicine) A procedure involving major incisions to remove, repair, or replace a part of a body. ¹

2. Noun. (medicine) The medical specialty related to the performance of surgical procedures. ¹

3. Noun. A room or department where surgery is performed. ¹

4. Noun. (British) A doctor's consulting room. ¹

5. Noun. (British) Any arrangement where people arrive and wait for an interview with certain people, similar to a doctor's surgery. ¹

6. Noun. (finance bankruptcy slang) A pre-packaged bankruptcy or "quick bankruptcy". ¹

7. Noun. (topology) The production of a manifold by removing parts of one manifold and replacing them with corresponding parts of others. ¹

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Definition of Surgery

1. the treatment of medical problems by operation [n -GERIES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Surgery

surgeon's knot
surgery (current term)
surgical contraception
surgical dressing
surgical gown
surgical gowns
surgical incision
surgical instrument
surgical knife
surgical operation
surgical procedure
surgical procedures
surgical process
surgical seam

Literary usage of Surgery

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"In civil life the advances made in surgery of the head, face, ... The range of general surgery is becoming so great, the multiplicity of theories and papers ..."

2. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1914)
"Robbing surgery of its shook; work of Dr. (¡corno W. Crile. II. Survey. 3.'!: 69. ... surgery, Military. Blessings of science on the battlefield. Sei. ..."

3. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1908)
"MODERN surgery. BY JOHN CHALMERS DA COSTA, MD, Professor of the Principles of surgery and of Clinical surgery in the Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia ..."

4. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1891)
"That unrestrained mania for operating which has made abdominal surgery almost a byword has, it seems to me, entered into the domain of cerebral surgery. ..."

5. The Cumulative Book Index by H.W. Wilson Company (1909)
"American practice of surgery. 8v. v. 4 anil 5. subs. ea. $7; lea. $8: hi. mor. $ii. ... Jacobson, WHA, and Rowlands, RP Operations of surgery. 5th ed. 2v. ..."

6. Bulletin by Illinois Association Opposed to the Extension of Suffrage to Women (1905)
"FRANCIS S. WATSON, MD, Lecturer on Genito-urinary surgery. ... JOHN C. MUNRO, MD, Lecturer on surgery. ROBERT WIOVETT, MD, Assistant in Orthopedics. ..."

7. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"The first important work on minor surgery appeared during the 14th century. It was written by Lanfranc, but although it grew into a second and larger ..."

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